Moored on the shores of Loch Lomond the Maid of the Loch and the surrounding area offers a great day out for all the family. In addition to the main attractions - the historic ship and the steam slipway - come and explore everything that the locale has on offer, including a sea life aquarium, sandy beaches, BBQ and picnic areas, bike hire, boat trips, fun fair, woodland walks and plenty of retail therapy opportunities.
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What to See
Admire the fine views of Ben Lomond from three different levels of decks on the Maid of the Loch historic steamship.
Learn from displays about how the Maid was transported in parts from Glasgow and assembled on the slipway before entering service. Read about our plans for getting the Maid sailing again and for developing the pier.
Nestled in the heart of the ship is the engine room. See the giant cranks and pistons used to power the enormous paddle wheels.
Explore the other accommodation on the ship. Function rooms may be hired for private functions and events.
The Balloch Steam Slipway is a 1902 heritage attraction, rebuilt in 2006 with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
There are "In Steam" days at Easter, then every Saturday and Sunday from June until the end of September. See the steam engine and gearing system in operation; try the interactive displays; or watch the audio visuals describe how the slipway pulls the Maid out of the water.
Or blow our steam whistle!
What to Do
Visit the Café and Souvenir Shop in the forward deck saloon of the Maid of the Loch. This serves a variety of hot and cold snacks, home-made soup, teas, coffees and delicious home baking. This is run by Mrs Codona who has the successful family friendly Café on the Loch at Loch Lomond Shores.
Buy a Souvenir
Buy a souvenir or two of your visit! A selection of exclusive Maid of the Loch branded souvenirs are on sale in the café and the steam slipway winch house. You can preview a selection of souvenirs on offer here.
Loch Lomond Shores
Loch Lomond Shores, overlooking the Maid of the Loch, is one of Scotland's most spectacular visitor destinations, combining the beautiful setting of Loch Lomond with a mixture of leisure and shopping experiences. For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website here.